There are a few good habits which when performed can reduce your heating bills and at the same time increase the level of performance. Temperature control is the primary aspect to look after to ensure this. Make sure that you do not warm up the interior by cranking up the thermostat to a high temperature. This will not work fast. During winter, lower it to 30 degrees centigrade night and day as that will save up to 5% of bills.
Lower the temperature to 15 degrees in unoccupied rooms and always keep the doors closed. This will not affect your comfort level. As for the thermostat, set it to just 10 degrees centigrade to save money and energy.
You must also care for the insulation following the ways as under:
- Seal any gaps around the windows, sill plate, doors and fireplaces. This inexpensive solution will keep the heat in and cold out.
- Caulk garage door and check the weather stripping to reduce drafts and ensure less use of energy.
- If there is a mail slot in the front door caulk it around its edges and replace the weather stripping to make sure the spring is in good condition. If you block it up, install an outside mailbox.
- If you have a cat flap in the door do the same as you did with your mail slot.
Ways to Cut Heating Bills
There are a few tested ways to reduce the heating bills every month.
- Replace all worn and torn weather stripping to prevent drafts. This will not cause the furnace to work harder.
- Adjust the door thresholds if you can see daylight from there. It will prevent heat loss. Make the door and the threshold is in contact with each other. You can do this by turning the screws counterclockwise but make sure that it does not interfere with the function of the door or drags the weather stripping.
- Check the electrical boxes on exterior walls for proper insulation to reduce drafts. To eliminate leaks, remove the cover plates, fill the gaps with acrylic latex caulk or foam sealant and a foam gasket over it and replace the plate.
- Plug all holes with caulk in the exterior walls that are meant for gas lines, pipes and electrical cables to enter your house. It will also keep out mice and insects.
- Turn the furnace down and use a portable heater in the room to save a considerable amount of energy. Make sure that all windows and patio doors are covered with a clear plastic film to reduce heat loss by 25 per cent. It will not harm your trim and you can remove it during spring.
Use Your Heating System Sensibly
You must use the heating system in your home just as instructed by the manufacturer. There are a few basic ways to do this as well. Understand the system controls and know how it works and how to use the controls so that you make the most out of it in a cost-effective way.
Turn the thermostat down by 1°C to save on the bills without sacrificing your comfort. Do not use the radiators to dry clothes as that will reduce the quantity of heat released by it and make the boiler work harder to use more energy.
Also, keep the upholstered furniture away from the radiator as the foam will act as a heat insulator and prevent the heat to dissipate properly in the room. Instead of an electric blanket use a hot water bottle. It will be cheaper and save your money on heating bills. Make the best and more use of the sun as it is the cheapest and readily available source of heat.